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The Roxbury Community College Student Newspaper 



GATEWAY GAZETTE 



Volume 2, Number 2 



January 2006 



RCC Improves Internet 
Connection. 

Christian White 

While on my way to the 3 rd floor computer lab, I 
stressed and panicked because my paper was due 
and the writing center had no available computers. 
Positive 1 would be faced with a similar situation 
when I entered room 351, 1 was ecstatic to find 
more vacant computers there than I could dream 
of. However, upon further investigation, I found 
every other computer stating in bold capitalized 
letters "CHECK SIGNAL CABLE". 

Room 351 consists of twenty-nine com- 
puters and is the main computer lab for RCC stu- 
dents. Many students have expressed concern re- 
garding the time it takes for the computers to navi- 
gate from one website to the next. I interrupted a 
young lady to my left, Linaise Lima, to ask whether 
or not she felt the computers were indeed slow. "Oh 
yeah, oh yeah, they have always been slow" she re- 
sponds. With no further inquiry she added that 
"before you couldn't print, at least now you can 
print." 

Another student, who preferred anonymity, 
said that "a major problem is that the Internet pro- 
vider is based out of the University of Massachu- 
setts and that when there are many students on 

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Show Us the Money! 

Feds Cut, Mass May Raise, 
College Aid 

Robert Folan- Johnson 

The US Congress passed a bill earlier this 
month that would cut financial aid for poor college 
students. Meanwhile, Massachusetts is consider- 
ing a proposal that would increase aid for these 
same students. 

In Washington the Republican-controlled con- 
gress voted to cut up to $14.3 billion in appropria- 
tions for student financial aid, part of a reconcilia- 
tion bill that would reduce federal spending by as 
much as $40 billion through 2010. The bill, which 
included proposed cuts to Medicare and food 
stamps, is supported by fiscally conservative Re- 
publicans concerned over the ballooning federal 
budget deficit. After a public outcry, moderate Re- 
publicans backed away from supporting, some of 
the proposed cuts, however, the college aid cuts 
passed as part of the reconciliation bill. 

Republicans argued that the financial aid cuts 
were just reductions in proposed spending. De- 
mocrats and their supporters, however, were furi- 
ous over the financial aid cuts, especially consid- 
ering the Republicans will once again be pro- 
posing tax cuts sometime next year. 

"The hypocrisy of the GOP is on full display 
(Continued on page 3) 



Turkey With all the Trimmings 




In This Issue 



RCC staff and students gladly partaking of SGA's 
bountiful Thanksgiving celebration last month. 

Photo: Milton Samuels 



Administration 



News 



Editorial 



Gateway Culture 



Academics 



Sports 



Administration 



Robert Williams and the RCC Foundation Help to Make 

a Difference For RCC Students 

Miesha N. Williams 

Just recently I have had the opportunity and pleasure of conducting an interview with Robert Williams. 
For those of you who don't know him, shame on you. Robert Williams is the president of the Roxbury Community 
College foundation, Mr. Williams has been with the RCC foundation for the past fifteen years. 

Williams was born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana. He attended St. Josephs College in Indiana on a 
full four year basketball scholarship and as he puts it, a "God-given talent to play basketball." He kept his grades 
up, continued to play basketball and received a degree. After graduation, he worked for Charlotte Services inter- 
nal revenue agency in Minnesota as a controller for the largest division for eight years. Through various promo- 
tions came to Boston and became the vice president for the Gillette Company. He retired from Gillette and shortly 
thereafter he came to RCC and graced us with his skills, motivation and drives to raise funds for the Roxbury 
Community College Fund. 

Williams doesn't really have a position here at RCC because the foundation is separate from Roxbury 
Community College. This foundation has been specifically designed to help create scholarship funds for the stu- 
dents here at RCC. Roughly about 60% of the funds that have been raised from this foundation are given to the 
students for the purpose of money for tuition and/or fees. In the past, some of his techniques for raising money 
have been by approaching corporate operations, the alumni here at school, and by even suggesting matching dol- 
lar for dollar. 

I asked what were some of the things that have motivated him. Mr. Williams said "Some of the things that 
have help motivate me were attending seminars and believing firmly that this is where I am supposed to be, doing 
what I'm supposed to be doing." Raising funds for RCC is a great effort on his behalf and one that is extremely 
beneficial to the surrounding communities. By having these resources provided to us at Roxbury Community Col- 
lege, it allows us to receive the academic education we so badly need in order to obtain a good job and be prosper- 
ous in our daily lives. 

We must always remember to support these various foundations so people will be able to take full advan- 
tage of the opportunities they provide. I believe I speak for all of us here at RCC when I say thank you Robert Wil- 
liams for your flawless efforts and support in helping our community and school. 



Court: Mosque Lawsuit Can Proceed. 

Robert Folan- Johnson 

A Suffolk Superior Court Judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the sale of 
discounted city land for construction of a Roxbury Mosque and Cultural Center can proceed. The court suit, 
against the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the Islamic Society of Boston (I SB), and Roxbury Com- 
munity College, claims that the BRA's discounted sale of the property to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) 
violated the state and federal constitutions. The property, which is adjacent to RCC on Malcolm X Boule- 
vard, was valued by the city of Boston at over $400,000. However, the Islamic Society of Boston purchased 
the site for less than half that. 

The lawsuit, filed by Mission Hill resident James Policastro, 
claims that the reduction in the land's sale price amounts to a gov- 
ernment contribution to a religious institution. The Boston Redevel- 
opment Authority defends the discount sale of the land claiming 
that the ISB had agreed to offer community benefits. The ISB's Is- 
lamic Cultural Center would work collaboratively with the college by 
establishing a lecture series and an Islamic Law Library. An RCC 
spokesperson had no comment on the lawsuit as it is still in litiga- 
tion. 

The project is currently having difficulty raising the money with 
only construction of the Mosque ongoing. If the sale agreement is 
ruled unconstitutional by the courts, the cash-strapped ISB would 
be forced to pay market value for the land. 

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A model of the finished Mosque and 
Islamic Cultural Center 



January 2006 



Gateway Gazette 



Volume 2. Number 2 



RCC Internet Connection 

(Continued from page 1 1 

the Umass computers, we feel the ef- 
fects (with a significant network slow- 
down) here at RCC." 

My quest for answers led me next to 
room 333, the office of Information 
Technology. Patrick Jean-Louis, the IT 
Operations and Support Manager, was 
most pleased to help me out. He gave 
me a quick update, hinting that they 
(IT Dept.) had been aware of the prob- 
lems with the Internet for some time. I 
learned that the bandwidth— which 
was at 1.5 — has now been tripled to 
4.5. With no prompting he spoke of 
some of the plans the IT Dept. had for 
the computer labs of RCC. Beginning 
with the computers of the Nursing Lab, 
all labs will systematically be upgraded 
to the same standards as the Lab in 
room 220. These changes will begin to 
take place in January of 2005. He con- 
tinued by saying that "we are doing 
everything we can to satisfy the needs 
of the student to allow successful un- 
derstanding and integration regarding 
information technology." 

I asked Mr. Jean- Louis if there was 
anything we as the students of RCC 
could do to quicken the availability of 
these services he spoke of. He in- 
formed me that there wasn't because 
they depend mostly on grants and the 
school budget. However, he did have 
this to say: "When you do use the lab, 
once your work is completed, reset the 
computer. Shut it down, so the next 
student reboots it without having to 
shut the previous student's work 
down." This will avoid build up of work 
that will in all likelihood never be used 
again, thus saving not only you time, 
but also computer space. 

It is nice to see that some of our 
students issues are being not only ad- 
dressed, but acted upon. 1, like most 
students who pay for school with no 
help from any government agency, ex- 
pect to get my money's worth. Yet even 
with our expectations, we still have a 
duty to treat the school's merchandise 
with the utmost care — especially the 
computers. 



Financial AID Cuts 

(Continued from page 1) 

as it touts what it considers to be a deficit reduction plan while 
simultaneously proposing nearly $60 billion in new tax cuts for the 
wealthy," according to Ed McEIroy of the American Federation of 
Teachers. 

The proposed cuts in stu- 
dent aid will result in in- 
creased interest rates that 
poor students would be 
charged when paying back 
college loans. 

Due to Senate changes to 
the bill, the House will be 
forced to again vote on the 
measure in late January. If it 
passes in the house then, 
President Bush is expected 
to sign it. Student organiza- 
tions such as Studentaidac- 
tion.com recognize that this 
House vote is their last 
chance to stop the bill and 
have organized to oppose the 
cuts in student aid. 

Meanwhile in Boston, a 
draft proposal to divert state 
college financial funds from 
programs serving middle 
class students to a program 
that serves only low income 
students is being reviewed 
on Beacon Hill. 

State Chancellor of Higher 
Education Judith Gill's pro- 
posal would increase the low 
income MASS Grant awards 
up to $3,600, enough to 
cover tuition and fees at state community colleges. To do so would 
eliminate Gilbert and Access grants, which primarily benefit middle 
income students. Families who earn over $36,000 a year would 
loose college aid funding. Some state legislatures have express op- 
position to the proposal. 

Those in favor of Chancellor Gill's plan claim that the elimination 
of the Gilbert and Access Grants won't discourage middle income 
students from attending school, yet even a small increase in the 
cost of tuition for lower income residents is enough to keep them 
from enrolling. 

Proponents of the plan also hope the state legislature can make 
up for the cuts to middle income students by increasing funding of 
state financial aid. That funding has been cut over the past several 
years but now that the state has a budget surplus, the hope is that 
some of those cuts will be reversed. 

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Tuition Breaks for 
Illegals Defeated 

A controversial bill that would 
grant in-state tuition rates to un- 
documented immigrants has been 
soundly defeated in the Massachu- 
setts House of Representatives. 
The bill, which purportedly had 
significant support within the leg- 
islature, was voted down 96-57, 
because of sudden and strong op- 
position among legislature's con- 
stituents. Even before its defeat in 
the House, the legislation was ex- 
pected to be vetoed by the gover- 
nor. Significant support within the 
legislature would be needed to 
override that veto. 

The bill would have enabled un- 
documented immigrants to pay 
Massachusetts residency rates 
while attending state colleges. This 
would amount to about half the 
amount they are currently required 
to pay. Proponents of the bill said 
it would only cost the state around 
$15 million while opponents of the 
legislation claim that undocu- 
mented workers should not be 
given the rights and privileges of 
legalized state citizens. 



Editorial 




MISSING OUT ON OPPORTUNITIES 

Recently I attended a series of seminars called the "Hub Crawl: Financial Services." I first learned 
of this event when I read a flyer placed on the information desk inside the Learning Center. I im- 
mediately signed up. Later on, I saw more fliers taped on walls around the school campus. 
The basic intent of these seminars, put on by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, was to enable 
business students attending colleges in Boston to leam about financial companies located in the 
city, in an effort to keep these students here after graduation. Dr. Rita Padmore, Dean of the Busi- 
ness Department at RCC and a member of the chamber, as I understand it, spent a lot of time and 
effort trying to make sure of RCC representation at these seminars. In fact, at the two seminars 1 
attended, I was the only community college student, and the only one from the school there. 
I have since learned that there were in fact three other RCC students at different seminars from the ones I attended. 
The point I'm trying to make? This school has many more business students enrolled. Why did only four sign up? Are 
people discounting the invaluable opportunities that these seminars present? Or do we just not pay enough attention to 
the signs around us everyday? 

It has occurred to me that manv students at the school do not in fact pay much attention to the various announce- 
ments circulated around the school. As students and future leaders, this habit could prove to be a hindrance to our de- 
velopment. Surely being aware of what is happening around us is as important as the lessons we learn m class each 
day We should not be allowing opportunities like this simply to pass us by. 

I was proud to be representing RCC that day. I am sure many of the students there did not even know there was 
such a school They know now! Hardworking members of the RCC staff like Dr. Padmore, Mark Garth and others ar- 
range events here for our benefit. Taking the time to read and participate is the least we can do and benefits us more 
than it benefits them. Don't let these opportunities go to waste! 

Another thing that struck me was the lack of American black students at the sessions. One session held at Fidelity 
had only 2 black students. A young female Haitian immigrant attending UMass-Boston was the only other black student 
there The other session held at the Chubb Group had one older African gentleman and an elderly Asian. I wondered it 
African Americans have given up on their country. I wish I had seen at least one. It would have made me feel better 
(this is not to suggest that I was made to feel uncomfortable in any way). Are immigrants now left to continue the black 
struggle? Surely the struggle must begin with educational and economic empowerment on a wide scale. 

I asked a young "hustler" why with all the opportunities he has (opportunities I wish 1 had), he wasn't going back to 
school "Nah too slow for me dog," was his reply. He is now in prison. I wonder how fast hell achieve his goals now. 




January 2006 



Commentary 



Volume 2, Number 2 



Get Up, and Stand Up. Black Woman on The Rise 

Charlotte Cowan 

Throughout history black woman have been the backbone of our families and urban com- 
munities. They have always held it together during rough times and bared the burden of 
raising children that will never be equal and always be oppressed. Through it all, they al- 
ways remain strong and determined to prevail. 

Dating all the way back to the birth of the African American, black women have not only 
been raising families, they've been running business. Women like Kathy Ferguson who was 
a slave until she was sixteen years old, and upon being freed, became a professional cake baker. Ferguson 
also ran a catering business in which the majority of her customers were wealthy white people. Susan Re- 
mond, daughter of a former slave expanded her mother's fancy-cake service to a business that dominated all 
other of its kind right here in Salem, Massachusetts. 

The list goes on and on, from Maggie Lena Walker who was the first woman to own a bank in the United 
States to Ruth J. Bowen, the first successful Black female to own a booking and talent agency. All of these 

women have paved the way for others like Opera Winfrey, the world's first Black 

female billionaire, to succeed. 




African-American 

woman around the 
United Stated are real- 
izing their ambitions 



Many of the Black woman right here at Roxbury Community College are stepping 
up to the plate by being full-time moms, full-time students and part-time em- 
and not letting a rocky Payees. Mitzi Sweeney is one of these women, a nursing major, mother of two 
road get in their way. anu part-time makeup artist at Lord and Taylor says "I make the sacrifice be- 
cause in the long run I will come out on top. This is not an investment for me it's 
for my family." 

African-American woman around the United Stated are realizing their ambitions and not letting a rocky road 
get in their way. As reported by Audrey Edwards in an article October 2005 Issue of Essences Magazine, Af- 
rican-American women in 2004 owned an estimated 415,000 business. These businesses employ 254,000 
people and generate $19.5 billion a year. Another article from Ebony in October 1997, stated black women 
make 3.8 percent of the CEO's and vice presidents in community foundations combined, compared to 1.1 
percent of black men. According the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education the number of black women re- 
ceiving degrees in 2002 through 2003 was 92,193 higher then that of black men. 

We have endured many struggles, but the fight is not over. As these sisters did and continue to do, it is time 
for all of us to get up, stand up and do our thing, because we are black woman on the rise. 



The Gateway Gazette 

Othneil Wilson, Editor 

Staff Beporters 

Christian White 

Gregory St Dick - Cartoons 

Charlotte Cowan 

Tracey Moore 

Robert Folan -John son, Graphics and Layout 

Comments and Letters should be sent to the editor at: 

jahbles&g rcc . mass . edu 

Academic advisors — Judy Kahalas and David Updike 

The staff of the Gazette are also grateful to Milton Samuels, Liz Clark and Giselle O'Brady for their assistance 

this issue. 



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J CAZETTO 



A Streetcar Not Without 
Controversy 




Review 



Charlotte Cowen 

On November 18, 2005, Emerson College along with 
I Roxbury Community College performed the fifty-eight year 
old Broadway hit " A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee 
Williams. In the original play a schoolteacher, named 
Blanche Dubois moves to New Orleans to five with her mar- 
ried and pregnant sister Stella. Both sisters were originally 
from a large plantation in the South and hadnt seen each 
other in years. Blanche never visited the large city 7 before, 
and she seems to be quite intimidated. Upon her sister's di- 
rections, once arriving to the city Blanche takes a streetcar 
named Desire to a very small two-room apartment occupied 
by Stella and her husband Stanley KowalskL Stanley is a 
Polish, blue-collar worker with a bit of temper and is suspi- 
| cious about Blanche's past. 

The director of this play decided to change the type of 
| casting from that of the original movie by changing the ap- 
pearance of Blanche and Stanley 7 , For example, Blanche is 
supposed to be beautiful, sophisticated and decorated with 
all sorts of pearls and furs from admirers. In the play she's a 
little over weight with a lot of gray hair, and her clothes are 
very drab. Stanley is supposed to be Polish, but in the play 
he and all of his friends are definitely black men and are of- 
ten compared to animals. Stanley's character and color 
could lead one to believe the play has a slight racial under 
I tone. 

As the story unfolds, Blanche and Stanley's relationship 
| worsens day by day because he believes that Blanche is try- 
ing to pull the wool over his wife's eyes by not telling the 
truth about what happened to the plantation, One night 
Stanleys temper gets the best of him, and he hits his preg- 
nant wife after having a few drinks. In the play if you had 
forgotten Stanley was Polish, you see the big black man slap 
his poor innocent white wife. After a little pleading, Stella 
j forgives Stanley the "animal" with a late night gesture. 

Such racial implications of rage within black men made 
I this reviewer very uncomfortable and insulted to the point 
that I left the theater during intermission. I later learned that f 
the director of the play was also a black woman who decided | 
to cast black men in the role of white men in order to make 
the play diverse. This still leads me to feel uneasy 7 because 
these black men we cast in to roles where they were con- 
stantly referred to as animals while displaying actions of rage 
and drunkenness. To this reviewer, the director would have 
a less controversial production by 7 casting minorities in the 
| roles of Blanche or Stella so that someone w 7 ho has never 
1 seen the play or the movie would not get the wrong impress 



Richard Pryor, Legendary 
Comic, Dies at 65 

At press time it was announced that comic Richard 
Pryor has died after a long, 
courageous struggle with Mul- 
tiple Sclerosis. Pryor was 
among the most popular come- 
dians and entertainers of his 
generation. His acerbic, outra- 
geous, crude, yet direct and 
honest humor, revolutionized 
stand-up comedy and 
launched Pryor onto stage, 
screen, and into America's 
consciousness. With brilliant comedic aplomb, Pryor 
had no qualms about sharing deeply personal aspects 
of his life with his audiences. Quincy Jones once apdy 
described Pryor as "the John Coltraine of comedy." 
Pryor's death is our loss and heaven's gain. And with 
him there, heaven will never be the same again. 




sion as I did. 

By the end of the play the truth is exposed about 
Blanche Dubois, and so are the answers to the many ques- 
tions that arose during the play. Question like why 
Blanche left her teaching position in the middle of the se- 
mester. Why she left the family plantation, why she had so 
many nice things and why she was attracted to and en- 
ticed the delivery boy. All the answers leading back to the 
streetcar she road in on . . .Desire. 




Streetcar cast members, Susan Lombardi- 

Verticelli as Stella, Daver Morrison (Stanley), 

Claudio Lopez (Pablo), Kathleen Patrick Donahue 

(Blanche), Greg Andre Francis (Steve) and David 

Curtis as Mitch. 



January 2006 



Gateway Gazette 



Volume 2, Number 2 




Who Is... 
7 Christian White, 

By Charlotte Cowan 



Christian White was molested as a child. 
From the time he was two years old until 
he was ten years old he was sexually as- 
saulted by someone near and dear to 
him. At that time in his life White said he had "No voice to 
speak out" about what he was enduring. It's sad to say but 
he is not alone: approximately six percent of boys in the US 
and Canada are sexually abused before the age of sixteen. 

This sexual abuse set into play the disastrous blueprint for 
the next 23 years of White's life. He began to repeat the cycle 
on his own brothers and sister until he realized at the age of 
twelve that it was not the acceptable behavior. For the next 
few years White was filled with "confusion and anger" which 
is when he turned to the streets. 

After four years of gang banging and selling drugs, at seven- 
teen years old White was facing his first criminal offence, a 
murder charge. While awaiting trial he picked up his second 
offence, assault and battery on a police officer, which proved 
__ to be the first of many 

He was sexually as- 
saulted by someone near 
and dear to him. At that 

time in his life White 

said he had "No voice to 

speak out" about what he 

was enduring. 



convictions White racked 
up over the years. To 
some, his behavior may 
be considered outra- 
geous, but many studies 
have shown that adult 
men who were sexually 
abused as children un- 
dergo symptoms just 
like White's. These 
symptoms include depression, thoughts of suicide, poor body 
image, low self-esteem, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, violence 
and post traumatic stress disorder, all of which were present 
in White's behavior up until that point. At the age of twelve 
White was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and 
prescribed Nortiptilyne, an anti depressant that balance out 
his nervous system and helped him win what he called his 
"personal war." 

After serving seven years in prison and enduring that 
"Personal War," he was ready for a change and for a new 
blueprint for the remaining years in his life. The first step for 
White was to acknowledge that he couldn't change on his 
own and that he needed to seek professional help. The next 
steps were to stop using drugs and to find an outlet for his 
frustration. In his final years of prison, White composed two 
books about his life that he said proved to be therapeutic, 
and he also received the professional help that he needed. 

Now that he is out of prison, White's future plans include 
getting a degree in child psychology, and writing a children's 
book about how children can speak up against abuse. 



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J>eaX(fxaau, 

tfke stress of being a single mom. full-tune, Student and a 
divorcee with a part-time Job leaves me with no time fox. mgbelf. 1 feel 
tike. 9 am about to explode. 1 am tiled, StXeMed, and sometimes frus- 
trated so what dogou suggest 9 do? 

■Breaking ^oint 
7)bjk Breaking tfoint, 

(fim/t management is the keg. 3£ou need a schedule that will iaaaacm 
being a mam. and a student and haying a job. {Jrg these ideas and 
pick which one works for gou. (ftg to get up a little earlier in the 
mornings and make dinner so gou don if have, to do it when gou get 
home, (fiave a set schedule foXgouX household if MP", don t akctaagr 
for. example, plan what time the fumilg will eat and deep and the best 
time fat upu. to do homework andstudg, tftost impoxtantlg, relax! W 
gou put gout child to bed eaxhf, gou' U find time fox gouXSebf. Don't 
forget, gou axe the person who holds eveXgthing together and in oxdex 
to keep it together, gou must find time fox goatself. £ood lack! 

J)eax ( fxaeg, 

i Whg do women woxxu about Xape and sexual haxassmsnt 
when theu axe weaxingpants that drop below theix underwear, xereal 
ins what, to some of us, is wag too much? t Whg can't goung women 
focus onpxefecting theix intelligence, theix strength, theix confidence 
and theix inner mb| ? ^Whg can "t theu leave theix Sexual attributes 
in mote discxeet places? Shouldn't theu think about the message theu 
axe sending theix daughtexs? (fell me, tfxacu, what do uoa think 
about this matter. 9 am concerned 

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J)eaX rfbuvujmoui, 

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like to start bg expressing that it doesn't matter what a woman is 
weaxing, she is nevet asking fox Xape ox ang kind of sexual assault ox 
haxassment. 'Women should focus on projecting theix intelligence; 
however, we have to tufai within outseb/es that we axe beautiful, and 
no one can tell us that c We have to find out own confidence and 
Strength, Vnfortunatelg, it can take lonaex fox Some people than 
others, jjfflin women feel that if theu ye got it, whg mat flaunt ittheu 
won i have it foxevex. Women should think about the message, that 
theu axe tending theix daughtexs, but if theu don t think much of 
themselves, what does that tell gou? 

got a problem. ? (fhxnjust (fiik cFzacg ai txacg @tc& edu 



Page 7 



Poetry 



Families Struggle Too 

Christian White 

As the young hustler awoke at dawn 
He scurried outside turning patches of lawn 

Grandmother was busy readying for church 
Prayer books and programs filling her purse 

He ran back inside eyes wide from his find 
Just where he left it, referring to Tec 9. 



Grandma finished praying and put her keys in her pocket 
She started praying again when she saw his eye sockets 

For grandma knew about the things in his room 
Nine shells in gun clips and occasional brew 

Plus little rocks their names she couldn't recall 
Sees him constantly handshaking with people short and 

tall 

Back in his room he started searching through clothes 

and, 
Thinking of Grandma's constant preaching of Moses 

He shrugged it off without a second thought 
Prepared his glass for the package he sought 

Through cooking and bagging he kept having visions 
Of graveyards, deathbeds, and surgeon incisions 

When everything was done he cleaned up his mess 
Then jetted to the block to put his product to the test 

Now everyone around him was scandalous and trife 
Yet he had his gun and could be just as shyste 

Little did he know about the tinted El Dorado 
Containing three Macs and four of his foes 

The money was coming, sales of twenties and dimes 
Paranoia swept over him as he walked towards Tec 9 

About to reach his stash feeling good because he made it 
That Caddy with tints pulled up and started praying 

Seeing guns producing fire remembers some kind of mask 
He tried to scramble and shoot but the Macs spit too fast 

Grandma for no reason jumped out of her seat 
While the preacher ran over she visions her street 

On it her grandson was colored all red 
Holes in his body and missing his head 

The preacher said "Go home for you need a nap" 
Feeling pains in her heart she did just that 

She turned on her street with sudden remembrance 
Already knew when she saw the ambulance 



She heard her grandson's voice saying "Please grandma 

join me" 
At that moment she blacked out and crashed into a tree. 



The street life not only hurts you but the ones who love 
you. It's time to change 



Being Black 

Miesha N. Williams 

I am a young African American woman. 
I am a reflection of what you would consider black. 
My hips sway as I walk and sound like the drums in 

a safari. 
My lips are almond shaped, colored and succulently 

sweet. 

My eyes are slightly light brown and deep as the 

night. 

I have a creamy caramel complexion which changes 

as I give birth to new generations. 

My nose is full and round. 

My teeth are big and bright. 

My smile sends waves of essence and vibrates all of 

my rhythm. 

Beautiful hair so tightly curled and placed. 
My hands, still youthful and soft to the touch but 

tired from working. 

My breasts sit slightly down my chest, full of life 

and shaped like perfectly ripe melons. 

My mind is constantly swirling and turning, coming 

up with new ideas and inventions. My soul shivers 

and shifts with every breath I consume and life 

seems to spin out of control. 

I'm limp. 

My breath is hot from the truth and gospel. 

I sit and watch as my son sets on my son. 

Giving life and stepping forth with pride and his 

loins girt against him. 

The Alpha and Omega. 

I sit and watch my creation never ending and always 

bright, stronger than any nation. 
My strength is he and I make us as we melt against 

each other forming a bond. 
We share that special bond, that thing that exists 

only between us. 
Only we can understand it. We are evolution and 

creation. 

One unit set aside from the rest, the best thing 

since sliced bread. I sit and watch my life, my 

beauty, and my people. 



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Academics 



Career & Transfer Services Spring 2006 Activities 



Activities are held during the Activity Block, 1130 AM -12; 30 PM, unless otherwise noted. Each 
of the activities listed below qualifies as an "outside activity" for College Survival Seminar! 



DATE 



Monday, 02/06 



Tuesday, 02/14 
Thursday. 02/16 
Tuesday, 02/27 



Tuesday, 03/21 
Thursday, 03/23 
Tuesday 03/28 



TOPIC 



FEBRUARY EVENTS 

Career & Transfer Services Information Table 
For day students: 10:00 AM -I M PM 
Career & Transfer Services Information Table 
For everang students: 4:30PM - 6:00 PM 
"Discover" a Career and a College Major Seminar 
Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 
Spring and Summer Internship Information Table 



MARCH EVENTS 

Resume Writing Seminar 
Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 





APRIL EVENTS 


Monday, 04/03 


RCC On-Campus Allied Health Career Fair 




10*00 AM - 2:00 PM Room 200 


Monday, 04/10 


RCC On-Campus General Career Fair 




10*00 AM - 2:00 PM Room 200 


Thursday, 04/13 


Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 


Tues 4/25 & Thurs 412? 


Summer and Fall Internship Information Table 


Tuesday, 04/25 


Career & Transfer Planning For Evening Students 




For evening students S :OOPM - 6:OOPM 



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LOCATION 



Academic Lobby 

Academic Lobby 

Library, Computer Lab 
Academic Lobby 
Academic Lobby 



132 Academic Bldg. 
132 Academic Bldg. 
Library, Computer Lab 



Student Center 



Student Center 



132 Academic Bldg. 
Student Center, Room 200 
Academic Lobby 



Academics 



Career & Transfer Services Spring 2006 Activities 



Activities are held during the Activity Block, 1 1 30 AM 12; 30 PM, unless otherwise noted. Bach 
of the activities listed below qualifies as an "outside activity" for College Survival Seminar! 



DATE 



TOPIC 



LOCATION 



FEBRUARY EVENTS 



Monday, 02/06 



Tuesday. 02/14 
Thursday, 02/16 
Tuesday. 02/27 



Career & Transfer Services Information Table 
For day students: 10:00 AM - I :00 PM 
Career & Transfer Services Information Table 
For eveaiag students; 4:30PM - 6:00 PM 
"Discover" a Career and a College Major Seminar 
Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 
Spring and Summer Internship Information Table 



Academic Lobby 
Academic Lobby 

Library, Computer Lab 

Academic Lobby 
Academic Lobby 



Tuesday, 03/21 
Thursday, 03/23 

Tuesday 03/28 



Monday, 04/03 



Monday, 04/10 



Thursday, 04/13 

Tues 4/25 & Thurs 4127 

Tuesday, 04/25 



MARCH EVENTS 

Resume Writing Seminar 

Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 

Job Search Strategies & Interviewing Techniques Seminar 

APRIL EVENTS 

RCC On-Campus Allied Health Career Fah 
10*00 AM - 2:00 PM Room 200 



RCC On-Campus General Career Fair 
10*00 AM - 2:00 PM Room 200 

Transferring to a 4-year School Seminar 
Summer and Fall Internship information Table 
Career & Transfer Planning For Evening Students 
For evening students S :0OPM - 6:00PM 



132 Academic Bldg 
132 Academic Bids. 
Library, Computer Lab 



Student Center 



Student Center 



132 Academic Bidg. 
Student Center, Room 200 
Academic Lobby 



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January 2006 



Gateway Gazette 



Volume 2, Number 2 



<£)o you love to write or have work to 
be published? 

Have you got poeros and short 

stories? 

Would you like to comment on 

Gateway articles? 

We welcome all contributions, in all 

languages, from our fellow students, 
and from QCG staff. 

d>end to: Cditor, 

jahbless@ree.mass.edu 



Attention RCC Students! 
Need Help with your Taxes? 





The VITA program {Volunteer In- 
come Tax Assistance) is open to all 
members of the RCC community 
needing help in preparing and/or 
filing their income tax. Trained vol- 
unteers are ready to prepare your 
taxes in Room 301 of the Student 
Center. Please call Ext. 5242 for 
more information. 



RCC TIGERS 2005 / 2006 
MENS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 



DATE 



SCHOOL 



H/A 



TIME 



JAN 7 Gateway C.C. 

17 Mass Bay C.C. 

19 UConn/A 

1 Quinsigamond C. C. 

24 Massasoit C. C. 

31 STCC 

FEB 2 N..EssexC.C. 

6 Mass Bay C.C. 

9 Ben Franklin 

14 U-Conn A/P 

16 HolyokeC.C. 

18 Briarwood 

20 Gateway 



A 
H 

A 

A 
A 
A 
A 
A 
A 
H 
A 
A 
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3:00 P 

3:00 P 

7:00P 

2.00P 

6:00P 

8:00 P 

8:O0P 

8:00P 

8:00P 

7:00P 

7:00P 

3:00P 

7:00P 



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Gateway Gazette 



Volume 2, Number 2 



RCC squad members, with Coach Bembury 
at right, doing a "full extension" lift. 

Photos: Milton Samuels 




Cheerleaders 

(Continued from page 12) 

says. 

Many on the team have also never been cheerleaders before. 
They only have seen cheerleading at school, on television and in 
movies such as Bring It On, That peaks their interest and they 
join the squad. Yet Bembury asserts that even his novice squad 
members seem to meet the challenge and become good cheer- 
leaders. 

"They find out they can do things they thought they could 
never do," he says. "My method is when you come to tryout for 
my team, I tell them you can't use the words, 1 cant do it.' I feel 
you can do anything you want to do." 

As a cheerleader, that can be a lot. Competitions require a 
fall routine be performed. 

"Five minute routines thai combine into one," says the 
coach, "with stunts, music, sound effects, cheers, jumps, lifts." 
It must be a choreographed presentation that has to be crea- 
tive, rousing and disciplined, so not to risk accidents and inju- 
ries. Mastering these routines requires time, effort, and prac- 
tice, the labor of true athletes. 

Fortunately, unlike the requirements for playing on college 
sports, cheerleaders are not required to be full time students. 
This provides the squad with an advantage in recruiting stu- 
dents that other RCC teams don't have. "Although I consider 
them as athletes," Bembury emphasizes, "the school does not, 
so I use full time and part time students." 

Whether they be full time or part time students, the coach 
continuously stresses the importance of an education to his 
team. His motto, "Education is first, cheerleading is second. We 
are still RCC, we are a school. . .One with a big heart and big 
determination " 



Tigers 

(Continued from page 12) 

postponement of other games were because of the lack of Tiger's 
players needed to fill out the required team roster. This shortage 
of qualified students wanting to play for RCC teams has already 
forced the cancellation of the women's basketball season. 

The NJCAA requires all team players to be full time students 
(12 credits per semester). Playing on the team also requires con- 
siderable commitment to attend practices and games. Unfortu- 
nately, the team has had difficulty recruiting these full time stu- 
dents to play on school teams. The shortage of players is not 
unique to RCC as other state community colleges are reported 
to be having the same problem. 

To enlarge the size of the basketball team the RCC Athletic 
department is still recruiting new athletes. The Tigers now have 
about seven players according to Jessica Gonzalaz of the ath- 
letic department. With luck new players will join the team. If 
you are interested in playing on the team, contact the athletic 
department at (617) 541-2475. 



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Gazette Sports 




The 2005 RCC Tigers 
Cheerleaders in "two to one formation." 

Photo: Milton Samuels 



RCC Cheerleading Squad 
Makes the Grade* 

Robert Folan- Johnson 

RCC may be a small community college yet its athletic 
department has had an impressive list of triumphs, includ- 
ing winning state and even national championship tides. 
But there is another RCC athletic squad whose school con- 
tributions and competitive efforts are often overlooked. An 
RCC team, which season after season, through good times 
and bad, never fails in displaying its school spirit. They are 
RCC Tigers cheerleaders. 

Lance Bembury, the coach of the cheerleading squad, 
recognizes RCC's accomplishments in athletics over the 
years. Nevertheless, Bembury has ambitions for his cheer- 
leaders. "Even though we [at RCC] are already on the map, 
we want to stand out for cheerleading as well," says Bem- 
bury. His squad of 7 women and 4 men want to do that not 
just by cheering the efforts of the basketball team, but as 
competitive athletes. 

This fall the cheerleading squad will show their stuff by 
participating in numerous cheerleading competitions. On 
November 5 th the squad placed second in their first outing 
of the season. Their next competition is Dec 18 th - with more 
to follow as the season progresses. 

Preparing for competitions can be challenging for a 
group of busy students with busy lives. "Most of the girls 
on the Tiger's squad are mothers." says Bembury. "They 
are balancing motherhood, school, cheerleading, while 
some of them also work. And before a competition we prac- 
tice everyday. That is a whole lot for them to do." the coach 

(Continued on page 1 1) 



B-Bali Season Gets Rolling at 

Last 

1st Game a Loss for Tigers 
RCC Action Sports Desk 

The long hoped for first game of the Tiger's mens basket- 
ball season was played November 1 Oth as a small and 
struggling Tiger's team were soundly beaten, 90-47, by vis- 
iting Briarwood at the Reggie Lewis Center. What was en- 
couraging about the loss is that the game was actually 
played. The Tiger's had been unable to play many of their 
scheduled games this season. Games against Gateway, 
Northern Essex and Massasoit have been postponed until 
later in the season. The team was forced to forfeit the Nov 
28 lh game against Springfield Tech, the second game of the 
new season. The forfeit against Springfield Tech and the 

(Continued on page 1 1 j 



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